Travel / Tourism

Avani continues to expand in 2019

Views - 55 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Avani Hotels and Resorts has announced that expansion plans are on track for 2019 as it gears up to open seven new Avani properties including in three new countries. In 2019, Avani Hotels and Resorts will welcome Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai in the UAE, A


Growing global support for tourism revival

Views - 81 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is continuing to attract global support for the quick revival of its tourism industry which took a heavy blow following the terrorist attacks last month. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Asia Pacific Chapter summ


125th AGM of Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on Sunday

Views - 22 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

The 125th Annual General Meeting of the WNPS will be held on Sunday 26 May, at the Lecture Hall 08 of the Sri Lanka Foundation, 100, Padanama Mawatha, Independence Square, Colombo 7, commencing at 5 p.m. The WNPS has, for 125 years, been an active p


Indian carrier Vistara eyes new destinations post Colombo attacks

Views - 90 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

ET, Mumbai: Vistara has stalled plans to fly to Colombo, after the spate of bombings that recently ravaged the Sri Lankan commercial capital, and is instead looking at South Asian destinations for its maiden international flight. “Colombo flights w


Santon Resort and Spa opens in Ranna with investment of Rs. 180 m

Views - 92 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Diversified entrepreneur, SanjayaGamage invested Rs. 180 million to open his first leisure sector project, Santon Resort and Spa in Ranna, Tangalle recently. Managing Director, Sanjaya Gamage was in the field of insurance and then diversified and fo


Egyptian security forces kill 12 suspected militants after tourist bus bombing

Views - 36 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Cairo (Reuters): Egyptian security forces have killed 12 suspected Islamist militants in Cairo, the Interior Ministry said on Monday, a day after an explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people. A rudimentary device containing nails a


Cathay Pacific embarks on journey to become one of world’s greatest service brands

Views - 31 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Cathay Pacific celebrates the start of a new journey with the purpose of moving people forward in life, through the airline’s ability to connect them to meaningful people, places and experiences. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg s


Responsibility of airlines to give Sri Lanka a chance to bounce back

Views - 103 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

By Dr. Dietmar Doering A new survey on airfares on the Europe-Sri Lanka sector shows that even after the Easter Sunday terror attacks, most foreign airlines flying to Colombo have so far not reduced their fares, as it should have been, in order to su


Marriott Hotels optimistic of successful operations in SL

Views - 476 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa, an iconic brand of Marriott International, proudly celebrates its second anniversary on 20 July this year. Located along the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka, the resort has become an icon that embodies a blend


Eiffel Tower celebrates 130th birthday

Views - 31 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

PARIS, AFP: The Eiffel Tower has celebrated its 130th birthday in Paris, with the city marking the anniversary with a light show at the famed monument. Built for the 1889 World’s Fair, the tower -- which soars to 324 metres in height and weighs 7,


Raffles opens 21-villa luxury resort in Maldives

Views - 62 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Accor has expanded its portfolio of luxury hotels with the opening of a 21-villa resort in Maldives. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is located at the southern end of the archipelago, near the equator on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort is accessible by d


Kadugannawa: Forgotten city of Sri Lanka emerges as most serene tourist town in South Asia

Views - 124 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Kadugannawa, considered the gateway town to the central highlands and Sri Lanka’s sacred city – Kandy – is set to become the newest addition to South Asia’s nature immersion and spiritual rejuvenation tourism by end-2019. Due to its understa


Spend your holiday at Sungreen Resort and Spa Habarana

Views - 84 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Hidden away in an ancient ruin is a serene, comfortably warm haven, in a breath-taking and welcoming setting that represents both Sri Lanka’s natural beauty and culture. A spacious setting tastefully decorated with a view of a beautiful mountain ju


Airbnb reports increase in bookings at less well known destinations in Thailand

Views - 30 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Airbnb has reported an increase in bookings at some of the less-well-known destinations across Thailand. Powered by travellers seeking more local and authentic experiences, Airbnb has reported that in 2018 the number of guest arrivals visiting such p


Messe Berlin to launch travel trade show for MICE industry

Views - 15 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Messe Berlin (Singapore) has unveiled plans to launch a travel trade show for the MICE industry. The inaugural MICE Show Asia 2019 will take place at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands from 16-18 October, and will be part of ITB A


Sri Lanka Tourism to absorb participation fee of 20 DMCs

Views - 156 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:13

Consequent to the recent downturn in arrivals following the Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lanka Tourism has planned a series of short term promotional programs to attract tourists from short haul markets. These promotional programs are being carried out


Kishu sheds Tourism Development role to focus fully on promotion

Views - 713 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:11

Kishu Gomes is to step down as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) in order to fully focus on re-building Sri Lanka’s tourism brand in his role as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board (SLTPB). Gomes has been


Russian tour operators visit Sri Lanka with Aitken Spence Travels

Views - 128 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:09

A group of 12 tour operators from St. Petersburg, Russia is currently in Sri Lanka for a familiarisation tour with Aitken Spence Travels. The group leader Gorodenskiy Dmitry stated that he along with his other colleagues are very happy to be in Sri L


Johanne Jayaratne appointed new Chairman of SL Tourism Development Authority

Views - 141 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:08

Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga has appointed Johanne Jayaratne as Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). Jayaratne up to the time of his new appointment served as M


Sampath Bank powers Sri Lanka Duty Free by Dufry with Alipay Payments

Views - 87 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:07

Sampath Bank announced its partnership with Dufry – Sri Lanka Duty Free on Alipay payment acceptance. Dufry Duty Free stores located in both the arrival and departure lounges at Bandaranaike International Airport will now be able to accept payments


Taj Samudra Colombo joins CH17 Loyalty

Views - 195 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:05

Colombo’s iconic hotel chain the Taj Hotel has joined Sri Lanka’s community-based loyalty scheme managed and serviced by CH17 Loyalty, the pioneers in focused customer relationship management schemes. The hotel has agreed to offer exclusive dinin


We will overcome

Views - 203 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:05

As a person who has worked in the hospitality industry for the past 45 years, and from 1970-2019, I have witnessed all civil unrest, ethnic violence, bloodshed, war and economic destruction in our country. I was just 19 years of age when the JVP ins


Jetwing Symphony FY2019 revenue up 26% to Rs. 1.9 b

Views - 48 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

Jetwing Symphony PLC (JETS), the investment arm of Jetwing Hotels, has recorded revenue of Rs. 608 million for the quarter ended 31March 2019 and Rs 1.9 billion for financial year 2019 reflecting an increase of 26% compared to FY18. The group report


Emirates Chief Commercial Officer resigns after airline’s profit dives

Views - 55 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Emirates Chief Commercial Officer Thierry Antinori has resigned, a spokeswoman said on Sunday, days after the Gulf airline announced its weakest profit in a decade. Antinori, also an executive vice president, was responsible for comm


Travel Advisory – Sri Lanka open to African tourists

Views - 213 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

It seems the coping mechanisms that kicked in a few weeks after the gruesome attacks in Sri Lanka have set in motion a healing process across the nation. The rebuilding of confidence in particular of the Tourism Sector has received the most attention


The tourism crisis: Impacts and solutions

Views - 376 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

Terrorist attacks are potentially devastating for tourist destinations. Most crises cannot be predicted and many cannot be avoided, meaning that no destination is immune from them. In light of societal and global complexities, no destination is immun


Sri Lanka probes British bride’s honeymoon death

Views - 173 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

AFP: The husband of a British bride who died on her honeymoon in Sri Lanka will be kept in the country at least until a formal hearing on the death is held on Wednesday, police said. KhilanChandaria is not under arrest or facing a charge, but has be


Certificate presentation of Harpo’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management 21st batch

Views - 47 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

harpo’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Galle branch held its awarding ceremony recently of the 21st batch, comprising 15 students, who completed the basic level International Cookery and Pastry Bakery courses each. Presentation was c


Galadari Colombo GM speaks out on tourism challenges post-Easter Sunday attacks

Views - 95 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

Galadari Colombo General Manager Sampath Siriwardena yesterday spoke out on the challenges for tourism post-Easter Sunday extremist terror attacks, and how the hotel is responding. “21 April 2019 in the wake of Easter Sunday, an unexpected chain of


Airlines, travel and tourism industries meet

Views - 115 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

The airlines and the tourism industry representatives on Friday had their second meeting chaired by Minister John Amaratunga to discuss cooperation and a cohesive strategy to boost air traffic and tourist arrivals which have declined following the Ea


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A case for reviewing plantation management

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Last week, I elaborated on ‘Going Beyond Agronomic Research for Plantation Reform’ with the aim of beginning a conversation on the importance of non-agronomic research to understand the many problematic areas that plague the plantation sector, in


How are we doing in e-government?

Thursday, 23 May 2019

It is customary to assess some aspect of the performance of a country using a composite index such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, there is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), issued


National introspection in the aftermath

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“The immediate task for the Government is to guaranty the safety and security of all innocent Muslims and prevent a recurrence of 1983 … One cannot eradicate one evil with another” – Anatomy of an Islamist Infamy (III), CT, 9 May. In this, th


Dhammika Perera an anti-establishment candidate

Thursday, 23 May 2019

During the holy Vesak weekend the phones were buzzing all over Sri Lanka over a story that appeared on a web page. The story said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had met with business tycoon Dhammika Perera whose business empire contribute


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